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Tiffany - It shows I've paid for both of these, but don't have an email from the Selfie class. I have an email for the Travel class, but not the selfie. Can you resend the welcome email?
Ever since completing The Care and Keeping of You class by Tiffany Lowder, I have wanted to shout from the scrappy roof tops about my experience. I can honestly say that because of what I learned, the story-telling pathways in my brain have been forever changed. If you have been wanting fresh, new (dare I say more meaningful?) ways to document your stories and experiences, I can highly recommend The Care and Keeping of You. I was first exposed at the Scrap Gals Nashville Retreat in September 2018, where we had a mini-course in 6 different styles of writing/storytelling. Like – if you were taking a college course - not one you were forced to take because of your major, but one you begged to take as an elective and hoped you made it off the waiting list. But time was limited and I came home full of ideas and life and work quickly took over my brain again. I was THRILLED to learn that a longer, deeper dive course was being offered. Each week, one of 6 storytelling/writing methods was released in online video content. This was a great content-delivery method for my work schedule and allowed me to watch/practice at a time that was convenient for me. I also found that I needed time to think of ways to apply the weekly concept to the things that I tend to scrapbook. Then, at the end of each week there was a Facebook Live for anyone available, to talk about stories and writing styles and how to connect it all together. If I couldn’t be there, I could also watch it later. I’ve learned so much as a result of the course, but I’d like to share two things. First, this is helping me tell difficult stories. Even if not for my “public” scrapbooks, but in my private art journals. I can use one of the 6 styles to get the thoughts out of my head and onto paper, and I find great power/release in being able to do that now. Sometimes, for me, this is where healing starts. If nothing else – it is out of my head where it tended to circle around in an unhealthy way. Second, I am MUCH more aware of the deeper stories to everyday life that I scrapbook. I’ll often start to scrapbook something and record the typical info – who, what, where, when, etc. And then I’ll have a spark in my brain that reminds me that these are the “facts” but the real story is something much deeper and meaningful, about someone’s personal growth or how relationships have changed, or what the experience felt like personally. And when I want to journal the deeper story, I can look back at the 6 different storytelling styles and see which one feels right as an launching point to approach reaching and recording the deeper story behind the basic facts. Even if the story to tell is not about something super-deep, I now have writing tools to help me record the “facts” in a much more expressive or visual way using imagery or metaphors. What I learned in the class will be used much broader than scrapbook journaling. I see myself using several of the storytelling methods as I record the details of my travels in 2019. And they will be heavily used with my 2019 word “Season” as I personally reflect on the season of life that I am in. If you’ve made it this far in my ramblings, you just might be interested in checking out the details of the course. If you are wanting a fresh approach at ways to tell meaningful stories, you can't go wrong with this course!